'All About Saguaros’ lecture
How large do saguaros grow? How old can they get? Bring a lunch and learn about one of the desert’s most recognizable plants in this presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road.
'All About Saguaros’ lecture
How large do saguaros grow? How old can they get? Bring a lunch and learn about one of the desert’s most recognizable plants in this presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road. The discussion is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
Bring a pillow and watch a family-friendly film in the new nature center from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road. This week’s movie will be “Bedtime Stories.” Concessions will be for sale or visitors may bring their own to enjoy. A ranger will give a short presentation relating to the week’s film. The movie is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
Beat the heat and enjoy the animated movie “Madagascar” while floating in a wave pool at Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave. The water park opens at 7 p.m. Monday and the movie will begin showing at 8:15 p.m. Admission is $12. For more information, call (480) 834-8319 or visit www.golfland.com/mesa.
'Energy in Motion’ showcase
Mesa’s Energy Department will show how natural gas burns and electricity flows from point to point. The presentation, which will explain through games and demonstrations how energy affects many facets of modern-day life, will be 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library’s Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Road. For more information, contact the library at (480) 644-3441 or www.mesalibrary.org.
Improv comedy performance
The National Comedy Theatre presents an improvised comedy show based on audience suggestions. Two teams of comedians will compete to see who can generate more laughs from the audience. There will be two shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at the National Comedy Theatre, 1111 S. Longmore Road, Mesa. Admission: $10 to $12. Call (602) 374-5638 or visit www.nctphoenix.com for more information.
Kids cooking class
Simply Impressive Cooking School offers a weeklong course designed for kids ages 8 to 12. Students will learn age-appropriate cooking skills. They will practice these techniques while making a variety of meals, including baked spaghetti with meatballs, enchiladas and chicken chow mein. The class costs $245 and runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register or for more information, contact the school at (480) 654-1981 or www.simplyimpressive.com.
The Album Leaf plays
Multitalented musician Jimmy LaValle and his band The Album Leaf bring their moody, layered music to town in support of their newest record “Into the Blue Again.” They will take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets for the show cost $17. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com.
'My Favorite Monster’ exhibit
The Arizona Museum for Youth takes a lighthearted look at monsters created by a variety of artists. Kids can explore a monster’s castle, star in a monster movie and even make a monster of their own. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 35 N. Robson. Admission is $6.50. For more information, contact the museum at (480) 644-2467.